Even as we hang in the dead period of the NFL calendar, there are still a few significant free agent shoes to drop. A number of popular names are still looking for NFL homes as we step closer toward training camp and should look to ink deals prior to the start of the preseason. While these players may not be at the same Pro Bowl level they once were earlier in their careers, they should still help a franchise throughout the 2021 regular season as a complementary piece on the roster. 

Below, we're going to highlight some of the bigger-name free agents, dive a bit into their free agency experience to this point in the offseason and identify one destination where they could be a solid fit.  

 

Le'Veon Bell, RB

Suggested landing spot: New Orleans Saints

Bell was once looked at as arguably the best running back in the NFL. As recently as 2017, the now 29-year-old put together an All-Pro season where he totaled 1,946 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns while also notching a career-high 85 receptions. His ability to patiently sit behind Pittsburgh's offensive line and then swiftly find a hole was marveled by the rest of the league. However, he sat sat out the 2018 campaign over a contract dispute and ultimately found his way to the New York Jets where he only lasted a season and a half before forcing his way out of town. After he was released, he signed on with the Kansas City Chiefs but was largely put in a reserve role behind then-rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Those frustrations over a lack of playing time seemed to spill over into this offseason where he said he'd never play for head coach Andy Reid again. 

With a reunion with the Chiefs seemingly out the window, linking up with the New Orleans Saints could make for an interesting pairing. Of course, Bell wouldn't be the top dog in that backfield as Alvin Kamara would be the starter, but there could be snaps to be attained, especially if he can prove to be a better option than Latavius Murray. With Drew Brees retired and either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill about to take the reins as New Orleans' newest starter, Sean Payton could use all the offensive weapons he can get his hands on to help whomever is under center. If Bell is willing to take on a secondary role, this has the potential to be everything he thought K.C. would provide him last year. 

 

Melvin Ingram, DE

Suggested landing spot: Los Angeles Rams

You don't have to look too far back to find a time when Ingram was considered to be one of the better players at his position. Heading into last season, the longtime Chargers defensive end was coming off three-straight Pro Bowl appearances and five-straight regular-season campaigns with at least seven sacks. In 2020, however, Ingram was limited to just seven games due to a knee injury. While he wasn't able to compile any sacks over that limited stretch, he was still able to get after the quarterback, totaling 12 pressures, seven hurries, and five knockdowns.